Alumni Athletes: Justin Robinson '15

Saint James School Alumni Athletes: Justin Robinson '15

Career Highlights:

  • Played NCAA Division I basketball at Virginia Tech.

  • Justin finished his college career with 1,383 career points and a school-record 562 assists. He led the Hokies to the Sweet 16 his senior year. 

  • Signed a three-year deal with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

  • Earned a degree in communication studies. A three-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree.

Justin Robinson arrived at Saint James his fifth form year and immediately became a star for the Saints on the basketball court. As a senior, Justin averaged 21.8 points, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game and was named the Washington County Player of the Year, Gatorade Maryland Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year, and a Parade All-American. Even though basketball was his primary focus, he was grateful for the opportunity to play baseball.

“The two-sport requirement allowed me to be able to go back to the other sport I loved, which was baseball,” he said. “It also helped me meet and build relationships with individuals I may not have met otherwise.”

Justin said the most valuable lesson he learned at Saint James is that it’s okay to be different. 
“Be yourself in the real world,” he said. “Everyone has a special talent in life; it’s just about going outside of your comfort zone and finding it.” 

Justin continued his education and played basketball at Virginia Tech.  His senior year he was a Bob Cousy Award Finalist as one of the nation’s best point guards. Justin became the Hokies all-time assists leader with 562 and led the team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.  

Justin said important takeaways for college success that he learned at Saint James were time management and relationship-building skills.

“It helped me be a STUDENT-athlete in college and learn to build and maintain relationships that will last a lifetime,” he said. “Saint James has a college structure and the school work may even be harder than college work. When I got to Virginia Tech things were easy.”

Justin graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in communication studies and was a three-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree.  In July 2019 he signed a three-year deal to play in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.